Chowlay Seafood in Bangbao has been there since the dawn of time, or at least it seems that way as it was one of the first restaurants on the pier. Over the years it has attracted a loyal following of both Thai and Western visitors. The focus is on fresh seafood, with live fish, crabs and shellfish sitting in tanks waiting for you to order them. Not the best seafood on the island but a safe bet with pretty good service, good photo menu and clean surroundings with a great view. Not as many Thai diners here nowadays though as the restaurant goes out of it’s way to attract tour guides and their groups but fortunately the quality of the food hasn’t suffered. Try ‘Mieng Pla’ for a delicious appetiser – a take on the northern Thai leaf wrapped snack that combines shallots, ginger, chilli, lime,garlic, dried shrimp and a rich, spicy palm sugar based sauce.
The one downside is that price-wise it’s a bit steep. You’re looking at spending 20% more here than in many other seafood restaurants but from my experiences eating here over the years the food is consistently good, so I’d mark it down as a safe bet.
Price: $$$ – $$$$
Location: Halfway along Bangbao pier, on the right hand side.
These restaurant reviews are just my thoughts on a place at the time I visited. I’ll mention if I know the owner well or get any freebies. But for the most of the time I am happy to play tourist and don’t mention this site at all. Obviously it isn’t possible to sample every dish on the menu and the type of food you have for lunch will differ to evening. In addition, owners and more importantly chefs, can change and your experience may differ from mine. If it does, post a comment below.